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October 26, 2015 Amelia Wilcox

The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Workplace Wellness

In this line of work, we’ve seen some amazing examples of workplace wellness done right. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen some pretty bad choices.

Check out some of the worst advice we’ve heard about corporate wellness programs.

the worst advice we've ever heard about workplace wellness

4 Pieces of Bad Advice About Workplace Wellness

 1. Focus only on the most unhealthy employees

It makes sense to make sure high-risk workers get some attention. But don’t let that mean other employees are left behind.

Everyone can benefit from a regular workout regimen, healthy cooking classes, and regular wellness checkups. Squeaky wheels should certainly get the grease, but make sure all the other parts are addressed as well. 

Related: When Corporate Wellness Means More Than a Gym Pass

2. Make information available only to those who ask

Assuming everyone knows about your new programs is a bad move. Get a good marketing plan in place and market the program internally just like you’d promote a company party.

Let employees know where to go for more information. Putting on a regular health fair is a great start.

Related: Best Health Fair Ideas: Creative Vendors & Activities

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3. Don’t worry if a new health program doesn’t fit your culture — because wellness is important

Like any corporate initiative, if there isn’t employee buy-in, it won’t stick.

Maybe your culture isn’t the type to get involved with a mud run, or a costumed team race. Don’t try to force it. You’ll either end up with no involvement, or forced involvement which is no fun for anyone.

Ask your employees what kinds of events or programs they are interested in, instead of implementing something and just hoping someone will get involved.

Related: Advice from Wellness Directors: 5 Steps to Starting a Corporate Massage Program


4. Provide a one-size-fits-all program

Tailor your program to fit many needs of your employees. Instead of starting a program some wellness expert recommends, turn to your employees. They will be able to tell you what kinds of programs they’ll be most likely to use.

Related: Wellness Program Ideas: 3 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

And because your team of workers are all unique, make sure there are options that will work for everyone.

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)